Review: Regrow Your Veggies by Melissa Raupach

Title: Regrow your Veggies: Growing Vegetables from Roots, Cuttings, and Scraps
Author: Melissa Raupach
Genre: Gardening
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing
Date published:February 17th 2020
Page Count: 144

Rating: 3.5/5

I’ve been on the rubreddit of Frugal lately, and it’s been growing a lot recently due to quarantine. One post that really jumped out to me was seeing people regrowing their scallions with such ease, and it made me wonder what else we could grow at home. When I saw this book under home and gardening in NetGalley, I knew I had to request it.

**First, before I start, I realize that there may be some backlash about this review. I recognize that in a time where its crucial to also support our economy by purchasing produce from out groceries, and I see this book as a guide to not replace all vegetables that we buy but just a few so we learn to be self sufficient. I also believe this could relieve grocery markets of the immense pressure that they experience by being only one of the few essential stores that are open.**

What I love is the foreword. There is already the economical appeal of regrowing your veggies. But the author pitches in the impact on sustainability and recycling. In a way, regrowing our plants is “recycling them”; we are creating less waste. Not only that, by watching them grow from cropping to full vegetables, we are fostering a stronger connection in our relationship with food (calling out to all the veggie haters to become fans!)

The book directly dives int the possible vegetables that you can regrow, each with a small legend indicating the level of difficulty, sunlight, warmth, and humidity needed. I’ve stuck to the easy ones like cabbage, lettuce, scallions, leeks, and such. But she also includes sweet potatoes, mango, and even pineapple (yeah!), which looks super hard, but it’s so impressive how she could actually pull it off.

After showing us all we can make, the book also delves into problems we might face and how to solve them. It also introduces additional resources if we want to keep learning to be regrowers.

It was a really fun read. I’m already regrowing scallions, but I hope I’ll be able to get started on other projects too!

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